4 Ways You Can Better Care for Your Teeth

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Your teeth are so important to your health and well-being, so you want to make sure you never take them for granted. There are a lot of extra things that you can do above and beyond simply brushing them each day that can really contribute to them in a way that helps to keep them healthy, strong and looking great for as long as possible. Here are some of the things that you want to do:

Always make a conscious effort to protect your teeth

No matter what you are doing each day make sure you take extra precautions to protect your teeth. If you are participating in any type of sport that increases the chances of you getting hit in the mouth or falling then it's worth it to get a mouth guard and make sure you wear it. If you are going to be using a sand blaster or any type of grinder then you want to make sure to wear a protective mask along with protective goggles. Otherwise, small particles can get in your teeth and cause damage to the protective enamel.

Incorporate the right foods into your diet

Foods high in vitamin D and calcium play an important role in keeping teeth nice and strong. This is why it's important to make sure you eat these types of foods each day. If you know that you aren't good about eating a well-balanced diet each day then you should supplement with daily vitamins to ensure your body, including your teeth, are getting everything they need.

Use the proper dental care tools

Make sure your toothbrush is a good quality one with a bend in the handle and the right type of bristles. This will ensure that you are reaching all areas of your teeth and that they are getting cleaned as much as possible without undergoing too much stress. You should also use regular floss after you eat and a water pick each night. The water pick can get at those particles floss can't even reach.

Avoid habits that aren't good for your teeth

It's just as important to make sure you avoid bad habits as it is to make sure you follow good ones. You don't want to use toothpicks because small pieces can splinter off and get lodged between your teeth. You also want to avoid biting your nails. Your nails can splinter off and get stuck between your teeth and they are also loaded with germs that will be transferred into your mouth. Opening bottles or other packaging with your teeth put them at risk of fracturing or breaking.

To learn more, contact a local dentistry like Pacific Ave Dental/Allan L. Hablutzel, DDS.


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Fluoride: Why I Drink Tap Water

When the bottled water craze began, I jumped on the bandwagon with everyone else who was drinking water from bottles instead of from the tap. I wasn't sure why bottled water was healthier, but I liked the taste. When I went for my next dental check-up, I had my first cavity in a while, so I had it filled and didn't think much of it. Well, I had two more during my next check-up after that, and I began trying to think of why my teeth were suddenly going bad. The only change in my habits was the switch to bottled water, so I made the switch back to tap water and my teeth began to improve. I created this blog to encourage others who have begun getting cavities suddenly to look into their changes in habits. They may find they made a change similar to mine.